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July 30, 2012

Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London 2
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: July 31, 2012
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Once the seeds of desire are sown 
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors .Their growing passion knows no boundsIan Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

It's been some time since I truly enjoyed a solid historical romance, MOONGLOW by Kristen Callihan was a good reminder why I used to pull all-nighters, fantasizing about nobility and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it. The second installment to her Darkest London series, MOONGLOW is everything you want and more in a historical romance, full of fluff, lively banter, wrong assumptions and a joyous happily ever after that will sweep you off your feet. 
"Did ye fear I'd lose me pretty face?" he said, drawing out his brogue as though he knew she liked to hear it.

"Of course" She nudged his ribs with her fist. "What else is there to admire about you?"
First off all, how awkward is it to have a thing with a man who used to like your sister? I can imagine Daisy Ellis Craigmore's confidence level wither knowing that the impressive Marquis used to have a thing for her sister, Miranda. So naturally I was a little iffy with their pairing at first because of this but soon enough all my doubts ebbed and I found myself falling in love with Ian and Daisy. Besides, it's really easy to love Daisy, she's a sweet and exceptional girl who has amazing olfactory nerves on top of having Earth Goddess superpowers. However Daisy's experience with love and marriage was far from balmy, she was an emotionally battered wife and it's no surprise that underneath all that witty demeanor lies a lot of pain and self doubt.

However I think that MOONGLOW was more Ian's story than Daisy's, I honestly despised this man in Firelight but after reading this, I take back every damning thought I had about Ian. A tortured soul, a reluctant hero with a heartrending past, and everything damaged and delicious that one looks for in a book hero, Ian Ranulf has that and probably more. Ian's back story is heartrending and at first his desperation was funny but as KCallihan tells us more about his tragic past, it ceased to be comedic and became this sob story I wouldn't wish even on my worst enemy. But it was also this big and painful gaping hole in Ian's heart that made him capable of giving so much love and attention to Daisy. Nevertheless I still think Ian is a rogue but now he's the type you'll want for keeps.
I don't want perfect. I just want you...I feel free when I am with you. Happy. You are the gift I never saw coming.
My heart went out to these two, they are another example of two broken people made whole by love and reading their courtship and love story unfold gave me butterflies in my belly. Daisy and Ian were faced with difficult decisions and even if they had their HEA, it was far from easy nor was it pain free. I think part of their souls died when they finally faced their antagonists and I honestly felt gutted on their behalf as KCallihan was merciless in giving these two anguish, she really made Ian and Daisy work for their deliverance and eventual bliss. And like any great historical romance, Daisy and Ian did their share of denying, hating, mocking, loving and sizzling love making.  So if you think Firelight was romantic, wait till you read MOONGLOW. 


23 comments:

  1. Braaaaaaaine, I LOVE! I adored Firelight, almost despite myself--it was just so damn addictive and FUN, and I am so excited to hear you loved this so much much! Also: Daisy has earth powers? !!!!!!!!

    I so wondered about that, but now I'm crazy-curious if Miranda knows :O

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    1. Yes they know and there's so much more into their powers than we initially thought!

      P.S. Love your profile pic.

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  2. ooh. I have the ARC for this one and I'm still so hesitant to actually read it because I haven't read Firelight >.< Great review, Braine! I think I'm gonna go against my OCD side and read a series out of order... AGAIN! lol.

    Ana♥

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    1. I think you can get away reading this before you do Firelight. There were minor references but events that happened in the first book won't derail you from Daisy and Ian's story.

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  3. Haven't read this series yet, but have seen it around a few times on blogs. Will have to get around to it eventually, it looks good :)

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    1. I think you'll love this Melissa, give it a go when you find the time.

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  4. Yay, you read it and loved it! I am so excited. I love this series. Although I am a little nervous for Poppy's book. But I of coarse will be reading it. My only complaint for Moonglow was that Ian should have totally wore a kilt! lol

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    1. LOL Yeah a kilt would surely complement Ian's Scottish brogue.

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  5. Braine, so happy you loved Moonglow! I just love everything Kristen Callihan writes!!! Enjoyed your review. I also despised Ian in Firelight, but I fell in love in Moonglow. *swoon* <3

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    1. I think my opinion on him changed when he shared his story about his family, so Miranda was a symptom and not the cause. And I love werewolves so Ian gets extra points for that.

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  6. I agree with you about this being Ian's book. I loved this one too.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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    1. You are welcome :) Thanks for dropping by

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  7. This sounds like a great series! I'm glad that you loved Moonglow so much. Ian sounds so swoonworthy!!

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    1. He is! The name Ian Ranulf is so rabidly sexy.

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  8. This book sounds great! I've never read any of the books but I've been hearing great things about it. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's a good mash up of historical and paranormal romance. If you're into those genre I think you'll like this.

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  9. Great review! This sounds so great and I haven't heard of it before but the romance sounds so impecable and I'm really glad you loved it! I'll have to add it soon to my TBR list although it sounds like an adult historical romance so I'll have to do a little searching :)

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    1. It is an adult romance but it's not overly graphic like the others and the grown up bits are so few in between you can skip those if you get around to reading it.

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  10. Love your line about two broken people made whole by love. Sounds like a great story.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. You're welcome and they do have a wonderful love story. Thanks for stopping by Brandi!

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  11. Ian really was a tortured soul.I loved Daisy in Firelight but my favourite would still be Archer.

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  12. Lovely review, Braine! I'm not usually into historical romances but I may have to give this series a go--the characters and story sound so enchanting! =)

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  13. I loved Firelight and have been interested in Ian. Great review. Kristen Callihan has a beautiful writing voice and I look forward to reading about Ian and Daisy.

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